The Two-Hour Accent
Last week I got an audition I was very excited about, a great opportunity for an awesome casting office. I was scrambling a bit, as I only got word of the audition a few hours before my actual appointment time... but I knew I could handle the short notice. I'm a quick study, after all.
Then I looked at the character breakdown. The role called for a very unique accent... one that I didn't even remotely have in my bag of tricks...
Then I remembered that freaking out never helped anyone. I did a few quick Google searches for sound clips and information about the accent, and spent the next hour listening and working my sides with what I was able to pick up. I decided that it was better to full-on go for it (the sides specified that my character's accent was heavy) rather than try to fake it with something subtle.
I felt pretty good about my research, but wasn't postive I was pulling it off in such a short amount of time. I made a choice to get over second guessing myself, I went in and gave it my best...
The first thing the CD said to me at the end of my read was that I had a great accent. Go figure!
Just goes to show you that you're better off just biting the bullet and working on something than letting it overwhelm you. Who knows, you might even find something new to add to the special skills section of your resume. (I did!)